Blame it on Your ADD (Part 1)
It was a great chorus to a song a few years ago, but it is a reality for some people. Currently, the condition is now called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However, many years ago it was called ADD.
What do people blame on their ADHD?
- Poor impulse control (doing or saying things without thinking them through)
- Getting distracted (losing where you are in a topic or in your work)
- Poor frustration tolerance (poor control of how you react to frustration)
- Disorganization (inability to keep order or track of things in your life)
- Overreacting (overreactions to situations or events in your life)
- Difficulty learning (poor ability to stay focused on learning materials)
- Poor time management (losing track of time, causing tardiness)
- Relationship problems (impulsivity can cause strain in relationships)
What can you do about it?
- Therapy (improve coping strategies and learn to compensate for limitations)
- Neurofeedback therapy (training process that improves focus and attention)
- Behavioral therapy/coaching (strategies to help compensate for symptoms)
- Medication therapy (medications to improve focus/reduce impulsivity)
- Couples therapy (address how ADHD can create conflict in your interpersonal, peer and work relationships)
There are great resources out there to help educate yourself about your condition.
- Books (Driven to Distraction, Teenagers Guide to ADD, Frazzled Parents Guide to ADD)
- CHADD (an organization to help adults and children with ADHD)
- ADHD Resource Center
- Attitude magazine